DRIVING WITH A DOG

Remember these essential things before having your dog in the car. For example, there are different laws per state about having your dog by your side in the vehicle. Below is a helpful guide that deep dives into everything you need to know about driving with a dog.

CAN YOU DRIVE WITH A DOG IN THE FRONT SEAT?

While it isn't illegal to do so, we strongly advise against it and so do the police. Because the front seats generally have more space, dogs are more susceptible to moving around and losing their balance during sharp turns or sudden stops. Meanwhile, if an airbag is deployed it could severely injure your dog.ย 

Instead, we recommend placing them in the boot or backseat, keeping them comfortable with a car boot cover, back seat cover and headrest restraint - these accessories will help keep your dog secure and safe. If your dog has no option except to use the front seat, cover it with a front car seat with a robust anti-slip bottom to prevent them from sliding during the drive.

WHERE SHOULD YOUR DOG SIT IN THE CAR?

The best places for your dog to sit in your car are in the backseat or boot area. Not only do these spaces have ample room for them to move, sit and lie down, but it also ensures your dog won't distract you during driving.ย 

Regardless of which area you place them in, a seatbelt is essential for maintaining your dog's safety during the drive. For medium-sized dogs, opt for a plush car seat with an Isofix safety belt to keep them completely secure.ย ย 

Do not leave your dogs in a parked car as well, especially if it's a hot day. Dogs are incredibly susceptible to heatstroke.